In a press conference Monday afternoon, Michael Egan, his mother Bonnie Mound and his lawyer Jeff Herman announced that they have filed lawsuits against Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard for supplying Egan with drugs and alcohol and sexually abusing him when he was between 15 and 17 years of age.
Ancier created The Ricki Lake Show and has worked at Fox, BBC America, The WB and NBC. At those networks he oversaw a bevy of shows like The Cosby Show, Golden Girls, 21 Jump Street, Married... with Children, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson's Creek, The West Wing...the list goes on. He's now the CEO and partner of Quad Media Partners Inc.
David Neuman was formerly president of DisneyTV who then joined the Digital Entertainment Network, the company founded by Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley; Collins-Rector and Shackley hosted the parties the alleged sexual abuse occurred at. Neuman has since held the position of President of Programming for Current TV. He was previously named as a possible person of interest in suits filed against Collins-Rector and Shackley, but at the time, he denied involvement.
Gary Goddard has produced theatrical shows like the 2008 revival of HAIR, as well as Reasons to be Pretty. He is the founder and CEO of The Goddard Group, helped develop movie-related amusement park rides and has produced and written for numerous television shows.
Egan alleges that all three men were part of the so-called "Hollywood sex ring." Egan's mother, who said she was "very proud" of her son, cried during most of her statements, claiming that she contacted numerous FBI officials and journalists when she first learned of the abuse, but it never went anywhere.
"I want to thank each and every one of you because 14 years ago, I don't think any one of you would have been here," Mound said to the room, alleging that when she first tried to get this story out into the world, one journalist even went so far as to write a piece only to have it "squashed" because of pressure not to out these powerful men. Mound also listed the names of the FBI special agents who she said dropped the case after they said they would investigate it.
Egan's mother was particularly upset by claims that her son is filing this suit because he wants attention, money or fame. "You call this fame? This isn't fame. What part of this is fame?" she said through tears.
During questioning, he said he has friend who was also abused during these parties who has since attempted suicide multiple times. This unnamed individual now "sits in a nursing home," unable to talk or walk properly after "numbing" himself from the pain caused from being abused.
Still, Egan encouraged victims to come forward with their stories. "To all those victims out there who hear those threats and think it's not safe for them, I want them to know it's safe," he said.
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